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« on: August 22, 2021, 06:02:56 PM »

My Tenant has given a months notice to leave. Thats fine and im glad shes leaving as the house is a mess. She is not clean, there is rubbish and unnecessary stuff every where. She has damaged the property (Hole in bedroom Door, Hole in ceramic Tile Floor)
The Garden is overgrown and a mess.

So at checkout im anticipating that she will Not be leaving the house as she found it. (Immaculate and freshly painted)

The Tenant has been in the property for 3 years on AST agreement.

What rights do I have to use her bond to get the property clean, tidy and repairs done, also garden is going to need some work.
How does this prosses work? can I get cleaners ETC in to do the work without getting quotes? or can I just employ the relevant trades to put the house back in order then return what's left of the bond, (if anything)?

Thanks all.
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« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2021, 06:09:06 PM »

Which Deposit Protection Scheme did you protect the Deposit in?

Each Scheme offers its own guidance... but I have found it's always best to avoid having a third-party decide for you and come to an amicable solution (even if it means losing-out a little) that both parties can live with.

If there is a month remaining then it might serve you best to remind her of her obligations (choice, really) to avoid unnecessary Deposit deductions by taking some time to get the property as close to how it was handed over to her as possible... then at least she cannot say she wasn't warned. I do this as a matter of course. It's usually beneficial to both sides.
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« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2021, 01:32:28 AM »

Did you get an inventory done at the beginning of the tenancy?
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« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2021, 09:56:14 AM »

I also send a standard letter well in advance of leaving day. I mention things like ovens, inside the washing machine, paintwork etc.in case they think a quick wipe round with a J cloth will do. Enclose any photos and inventory if you have them.I doubt if she will leave it fit to relet,so make it plain that you will need to deduct professional cleaning from the deposit if necessary. Get the work done and send her the receipts afterwards. If she disputes it,then go through the process used by your scheme.I should mention that,as I learnt from this forum myself, you cannot claim anything for your own time if you do some work.You can only claim for materials used if you have the receipts.   
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« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2021, 01:05:52 PM »

Thanks for all replies.
Yes I have a good inventory report with photos. I have let her know of her obligations via text, but maybe a good idea to back that up with a visit.
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« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2021, 12:33:24 PM »

Hope everything turns out well
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